Questions tagged [emotion]

For questions regarding the concepts (e.g., happy, sad, angry) that we use to describe the changes in cognition, behavior, and experience that occur in response to physiological and environmental stimuli.

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What does science say about feeling appreciated/loved/valued?

I believe firmly that people who feel appreciated/loved/valued will (generally) experience all kinds of benefits for themselves and the people around them. Think about: Being more healthy Experience ...
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Can calmness happen during the fight-flight response?

In the question How do certain individuals, like Quang Duc, develop the ability to remain calm when enduring significant nociceptive pain?, one answer says that it was the high level of cortisol that ...
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Most successful techniques to cope with emotional aversiveness when faced with tasks outside comfort zone?

According to state-of-the-art Psychology research, what are the most successful techniques to cope with / overcome the emotional aversiveness experienced when one is faced with tasks outside one's ...
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Are there universal facial expressions for asking questions? [closed]

"Dog." "Dog!" "Dog?" We know the first is a statement. The second a warning maybe. And the third a question. Like facial expressions for emotions. Are there universal human facial expressions or ...
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Do major historic events have a lasting impact on humankind's objective happiness?

In his book "Sapiens - a Brief History of Humankind", Harari argues that the biochemistry of "happiness" in any person can only move within bounds, dictated by genetics. He also argues that happiness ...
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Is there any disease that prevents a person from being angry?

Is there any disease that prevents a person from being angry? As a reference, the resection of the amygdala reduces feelings of fear. web links ABC news on damage to the amygdala reducing fear ...
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Are emotions needed to make decisions?

Oprah.com says: It turns out, though, that for most people there is no such thing as a purely rational self. Decision making is intrinsically linked to our emotions, so much so that when a person ...
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Is there a difference in time based goals and achievement goals?

Suppose I want to practice my calculus. Has a study been conducted which shows a difference between setting a goal like: 'I will study calculus for one hour' and 'I will study chapter 3 from my ...
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What would be the Term for this Character Trait?

This might be the wrong place or way to ask this question but I'll give it a shot. It could be more related to literature but it does deal with a form of character or personality. In Nathaniel ...
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What's a simple definition for reactive attachment disorder?

I read an article on Reactive Attachment Disorder. Here's what I know so far Reactive means to react in response to something. Action = reaction. Attachment is the act of bonding or connecting with ...
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What determines inebriated personality?

I've studied that alcohol impairs the functioning of the limbic system, slows functioning of the prefrontal cortex, which alters judgement and reason, and damages neurons leading to memory failure, ...
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What exactly does paranoid mean in terms of psychoactive drugs?

When I went to my local marijuana dispensory, since recreational use of it is legal, they told me that when I first use it, I might get paranoid. When I read this word in context, I imagined somebody ...
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How to implement an incidental processing task without a fMRI-compatible response box?

Background I'm planning an event-related fMRI-experiment to investigate the difference in processing natural and computer-generated facial emotion expressions. My supervisor and I are discussing ...
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How does this experiment prove a causal relation between coherence and good feelings?

I'm reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and I came across the following text: The Remote Association Test has more to tell us about the link between cognitive ease and positive effect. ...
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Can you give an example of automatic appraisal process?

I was reading this slide provided by my prof. of Affective Neuroscience. I've read that appraisal is considered a constitutive component of emotion by most of the actual theories. Appraisal is defined ...
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How do different emotional intensity ratings within a condition influence the comparison across different conditions in an event-related fMRI task?

I'm planning an event-related fMRI-experiment to investigate the difference in processing natural and computer-generated expressions. For this, we recorded videos of 4 different actors posing fearful ...
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Are emoji smiles also contagious?

It is fairly common knowledge that smiles are contagious is this also true when people are exposed to ascii/emoji smiles? ie. :) , ☺ , By contagious I mean making a person feel happier and more ...
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Does psychology have a name for emotions that a person can feel but cannot name?

This is sort of an inverse of this other question. To explain what I am looking for, I had this experience when I was a teenager that a much older friend (who wanted me to feel as part of a group of ...
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Longitudinal studies on: how attention to emotional stimuli develops from infancy to childhood?

According to LeDoux’s model (1996) we have specialized pathways for processing emotional cues. Pourtois, Schettino and Vuilleumier (2013) offer a neural model of how emotional signals capture ...
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Is detection of angry faces more efficient in humans?

Hansen and hansen proposed the anger superiority effect: threatening faces pop out of crowds, perhaps as a result of a preattentive, parallel search for signals of direct threat. Pinkham (2010) ...
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How does on one create a circumplex model (multiple answers)?

Given a list of points with arousal and valence rankings, what is the best way of showing them on a circumplex model, given that they are already tagged with 1 out of 7 selected emotions, are they ...
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Study on likability, weakness, and competence?

I heard a podcast about a study (I think it was Radiolab or similar) that found that people are viewed as more likable after they reveal a weakness or a shortcoming, but the effect only occurs if they ...
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Why do people like to listen to sad songs?

Why do people like to listen to sad songs? Sadness is not a positive feeling, so people should avoid it, right? Listening to sad songs is like inflicting some pain to yourself just for pleasure. Did ...
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What is the origin of the belief that the heart plays a role in influencing the emotions?

In many religious scriptures, novels, fictions you read about this battle between heart and brain. If till date we are using this in our daily conversations and history is full of these examples then ...
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Innateness of perceiving music as happy or sad

From John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, book 2, chapter 9: I shall here insert a problem of that very ingenious and studious promoter of real knowledge, the learned and worthy ...
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By which neuronal mechanisms does music make us happy or sad?

There are brain regions (X) that show stronger activation for joyful music, regions (Y) that show stronger activation for sad music, and regions (Z) that show similar activation for both. Assuming ...
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(Ekmans' Atlas of Emotions) What meaning (if any) can be deduced from the geometry of the “mountain” depicting a given emotion?

I have recently discovered that the Atlas of Emotions may be a useful tool in a research project I am working on. While lovely to look at, the Atlas seems to lack any description of the data encoded ...
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Are there any methodological challenges to study real-time social interactions?

If the emotion of fear (for example) has evolved so that humans can react in an adapted way to danger, why would we be afraid in a laboratory setting, and would this fear be similar to that we ...
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Can sport be used as a counselling tool to help one deal with negative life events?

I found studies on how leisure activities can positively affect well-being, e.g. stress reduction. My question is more specific as I want to research how participation in sport can help one deal with ...
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Are emotions a function of muscle contractions? If so, how does the map look like?

I hope this is the right (or rightest) place to ask this question, I wasn't sure whether this question is more appropriate for cogsci or biology. After all, it does concern the biology of emotions. ...
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Why does handwriting change?

In New York magazine it is stated: [I]t’s strange that your handwriting changes over time; scientifically speaking, there’s no reason it should. At a certain point, you’ve learned all there is to ...
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Definition of valence, arousal and dominance

According to Russel's core affect framework an affective state can be decomposed into valence, arousal and dominance. How would you define these three terms (e.g. when looking at pictures)? I would ...
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Can we identify specific emotions on the basis of fMRI scans?

I am looking for fMRI studies in which the emotional response of a person listening to music is visible in the fMRI scans, paralleled by a retrospective think aloud report of the person describing his/...
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Which is the actual scientific position on the expression of human emotions?

According with Darwin's “Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals”: specific emotional states seek to appear on each human being - even on blind people - , with no differences of cultures. ...
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Is it possible for a human to feel no emotion? [duplicate]

I have heard that there are some people who don't feel emotions. Is that really true? Is it really possible for someone to feel no emotions?
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Does Emotional Intelligence (EQ) demonstrate the Flynn Effect?

The Flynn Effect is a well-known phenomenon whereby Intelligence Quotient (IQ) test scores among the general public seem to rise over time. Does Emotional Intelligence (EQ) demonstrate the Flynn ...
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Is a low Emotional Intelligence (EQ) pathological?

A sufficiently low cognitive intelligence is generally considered in society to be inherently pathological, or at least very nearly so. In fact, until recently, a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability (...
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What causes passion, psychologically and chemically, and how does it last? [closed]

I recently finished reading "Habits of a happy brain", which discusses the role of oxytocin, serotonin, endorphin, dopamine, and cortisol in seeking behavior. The book argues that we evolved to ...
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How is compassion “derailed” into self-pity [closed]

Following up on my previous question on the possible benefit of self-pity, I would like to understand the process which is responsible to create self-pity. As @AliceD pointed out self-pity could very ...
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Is there a (evolutionary) purpose of self-pity?

I stumbled across the quote from Charlie Munger; Generally speaking, envy, resentment, revenge and self-pity are disastrous modes of thought, self-pity gets pretty close to paranoia, and paranoia ...
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What is the difference between flow and cannabis induced high?

I am doing research on flow. So far I found out that flow is a short-term positive peak experience, but not a persistent state of mind. I wonder, what is the difference between flow and cannabis ...
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Pleasure can be implicated in a chemical reaction in the brain, but does this really affect the intensity of the feeling?

It is true that many, if not all feelings of our mind like euphoria, dysphoria, pleasure, sadness et cetera are linked to a chemical reaction in our brain. This reaction is essentially what causes us ...
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List of nonverbal expressions of primary and secondary emotions

I'm currently looking for reliable scientific sources that might help me with rating emotions in video-material. Ideally a comprehensive list of facial-/postural expressions of primary and secondary ...
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Reading / Math task for evoking affective states

I plan to measure affective states with bio-sensors. For the affective states I will use engagement, confusion, boredom and frustration. For the bio-sensors I will use ECG and skin conductance. I ...
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Family happiness Vs Career happiness

Common knowledge accepts that there are two conflicting types of happiness, one attained through a good family and a second one attained through a successful career. These paths of happiness, since ...
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What is the difference between emotions, intuition and affect?

From what I know, intuition is affect-based. But how do they differ?
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Is there a standardised questionnaire measuring tendency to think emotionally versus logically?

I want to conduct a research on the effect of emotions on decision. It is about the role of affective and cognitive processes in making a decision. I want to know if an individual relies more on ...
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Calculation of d'prime in forced choice experiment

I am working on psychtoolbox and in my experiment I have given two images containing two roads (one is shortcut and other is longer way). In one image, the longest way is safe and in the other the ...
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In which way emotional “interference” affect the brain / the behaviour?

Think of two different scenarios. In both scenarios the subject is looking at emotional images, but in the first one emotional stimuli "interfere" with the behaviour, while in the second one ...
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What does “access consciousness” mean? [closed]

These emotional interventions, which allow contact to be selected faster by the attention mechanism for broadcasting by access consciousness, also allow the various aforementioned CELTS' learning ...

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